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Lens Recommendation Sought

ashart

Farmington Hills, US
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ashart Silver Member Nikonian since 30th Apr 2002
Sat 09-Mar-13 11:46 AM

Hello Nikon lens mavens -

I've been tasked with something very new to me - photographing a rehearsal of a small community symphony orchestra sitting on a stage. Here're some facts:

1. I'll be using a D800E.

2. I'll be on a step-ladder, approximately 30 feet from the stage.

3. The geometry of the situation suggests I'll be using a focal length of approximately 30mm.

4. I intend to shoot at about f/11 to balance DOF and diffraction considerations.

5. Lighting will be a pair of 400 WS studio strobes near my ladder.


Q: Which of these available lenses would be the best choice and why?
(a) Nikon 16-35 AFS ED VR f/4.
(b) Nikon 24-70mm AFS G D ED f/2.8
(c) Nikon 28mm D Aspheric f/1.4 (older style)
(d) Nikon 35mm D AF f2.0


I'd sure appreciate all considered opinions and technical explanations based in the "why" part of the question.

A good technical explanation of "why" would be far more valuable than merely a "here's what I like" or a "ya oughta get a . . . . lens." Even those who call me a half-wit admit that the left half works better than the right half!

Thanks very much for your time and thought.


-al hart

al @ w8vr.org

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